A history of the Ptolemaic empire / Günther Hölbl ; translated by Tina Saavedra. Hölbl, Günther, author.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2001.
xxxvi, 373 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
This narrative is a comprehensive guide in English to the rise and decline of Ptolemaic rule in Egypt over three centuries - from the death of Alexander in 323 BC to the tragic deaths of Antony and Cleopatra in 30 BC. The integration of material from an array of sources allows the reader to trace the political and religious development of one of the most powerful empires of the ancient eastern Mediterranean. It shows how the success of the Ptolemies was due in part to their adoption of many features of the Egyptian Pharaohs who preceded them - their deification and funding of cults and temples throughout Egypt.